Biman to welcome new aircraft and bid farewell to old one
Muhammad Zahidul Islam

'Akash Pradip' is expected to fly for Jeddah in Saudi Arabia within the next week

The country’s national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines will add a brand new aircraft to its fleet and bid farewell to its old one tomorrow.

On occasion of welcoming the third brand new Boeing 777-300ER at Hazrat Shahjalal Airport and bidding farewell to the old DC-10, Biman has arranged a programme where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend.

Khan Mosharaf Hosen, general manager of Biman’s public relations, said, “Program has been arranged at the airport to welcome the new aircraft and see off the old one simultaneously.”

On Friday, Biman got a brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, named “Akash Pradip” the third Boeing carrier, as part of Biman’s plans of increasing its punctuality, which currently stands at around 65% timely flights.

Sources said, “Akash Pradip” is expected to fly for Jeddah in Saudi Arabia within the next week.

“We have a plan to continue our service with Akash Pradip in London and Rome, also with Jeddah and Riyadh,” Mohammad Sha Newaz, director (marketing and sales) of Biman, told the Dhaka Tribune.

On the other hand, DC-10 aircraft will make its last passenger flight on its Dhaka-Kuwait-Birmingham route on February 20, when farewell program will also be held at the airport simultaneously.

The legendary workhorse will make some fanfare flights in the skies of Birmingham for the following three days too as it flies nine scenic tour flights.

The aircraft, after its last flight on the afternoon of Feb 24th, will then get prepared for its delivery to a museum.

Some fourty-three years ago, the legendary workhorse logged its maiden voyage for passengers on 05 August, 1971, the year of Bangladesh Liberation, on an American Airlines round trip between Los Angeles and Chicago, Biman’s said a press release earlier. 

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